By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
“Listen to women.” It is a common refrain among pro-abortion advocates, signaling that resistance to abortion at any time, for any reason is evidence of patriarchy gone wild.
But the fact of the matter is that apologists for the abortion industry, along with pro-abortion politicians, regularly ignore the heartfelt testimony of women who have had abortions and who now regret them.
A perusal of the Silent No More website (www.silentnomoreawareness.org) shows woman after woman talking about the immense emotional pain she has suffered as a result of her abortion.
Consider this statement from Joi from North Carolina:
“I received no empathy or comfort. No hug, no nothing! I was confused, angry, and lonely…I felt low-down, and I couldn’t tell anyone. I asked God to forgive me, but I couldn’t forgive myself because, to me, it was unforgivable.”
Meanwhile, Emily from Colorado wishes that she had seen an ultrasound of her baby prior to her decision to abort:
“Once I was in the actual room, they gave me the opportunity to do an ultrasound. I declined, because I was afraid I wouldn’t go through with it if I saw my baby. I regret that decision. I should have said yes.”
For Noella from New Hampshire, the emotional scars of the abortion run deep.
“Tears and deep sadness well up, as I view an image of what was the gateway to dark experiences, which I have blocked out for decades.”
Tracy from Ohio shares the utter desolation she experienced following her abortion:
“I contemplated suicide off and on. I was promiscuous and non-committal. I ran away emotionally from everything and was pretty afraid of everything and everyone. At one point I moved to Arizona in order to find a miracle to fix me. Problem was I had left everything and everyone I knew, and all I had left was me. And I hated me.”
It is true that healing can be found following abortion, and hope for a brighter tomorrow can be renewed. But why would anyone want a woman to go through such pain to begin with?
The pro-life movement has heard the cries of women who have been deeply wounded by abortion. Pro-life advocates have responded with compassion and care. They have proven, time and time again, that they are listening to women.
But the abortion industry and its allies in government remain tone-deaf to the difficulties that arise from legalized abortion. For them, profit and politics trump women’s well-being. Their determination to not only support but to expand abortion represents a great disservice to the women of the 21st century.